Technology Enhanced Learning and Innovation MA

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

If you’re a teacher, trainer or learning technologist looking to enhance your skills around the integration, research and management of technology to enhance learning, then this course could be for you.

Start date

24 September 2018

Duration

1 year full-time
2-3 years part-time

Places available (subject to change)

25

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 478249

About the course

Technology is increasingly a key element in effective education and training. The web, mobile devices, interactive white boards, Virtual Learning Environments, blogging, wikis and email are tools that you may be able to use in your teaching. But how effective are they at supporting learning? New pedagogical models such as massively open online courses (MOOCs), learning analytics where data is used to analyse and improve learning, and rhizomatic learning are all explained and critically examined.

If you’re a teacher, trainer or learning technologist looking to enhance your skills around the integration, research and management of technology to enhance learning, then this course could be for you. You’ll explore the use of technology in your particular field, develop technical skills, including blogs, wikis and other social media, deepen your understanding of frameworks and look at how technology can enhance and support learning. A strong interest in developing teaching using information and communication technology is key - being an IT expert is not. The course is tailored around you. Choose from a range of options to match your role, experience or organisation to help you progress as an informed, reflective and inspirational practitioner.

This course combines making a difference in your particular teaching/training context with learning about how to undertake research in a systematic and rigours manner.

Much of your work is project based with outcomes of direct relevance and benefit to your particular teaching or training setting.

A typical participant may be a lecturer in Higher or Further Education, a teacher (primary, secondary, or specialist), a trainer in the public or private sector or a learning technologist.

Titles of work undertaken by students on this course have included:
• Investigation of the Potential of Twitter as a Learning Tool in a Sixth Form College
• Investigating the use of iPad technology in secondary schools: Assessing its role in teaching and learning in Key Stages Three and Four

By choosing to study a postgraduate award in the field of Education, Teaching and Early Years at Huddersfield, you'll be working with hugely experienced teaching team. My specialism is technology enhanced learning; how technology is changing the learning process and at the same time offering new teaching opportunities and methods.

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Dr Liz Bennett, Course Leader

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree at 2:2 or professional equivalent, or professional relevant experience.

A basic level of familiarity with ICT is assumed, although you do not need to possess programming or multimedia skills.

Daniel Scott


Daniel studied our Technology Enhanced Learning and Innovation MA part-time and went on to be crowned Learning Technologist of the Year 2016.

Course Detail

Year 1

Core Module:

Understanding E-Learning

You will be introduced to a range of ICT tools and techniques for innovation in teaching and learning. Emphasis is placed on the selection of approaches appropriate to the learners’ needs. Alongside the practical aspects of using these tools you will consider how they can transform learning and develop a deeper, theoretical and analytical understanding. You'll also explore current debates in the field of e-learning.

Plus choose one option module from the list below, however we recommend:

E-Tutoring

This module will help you to develop understanding and skills in the area of online tutoring, facilitation, and in the design, planning and implementation of e-learning and blended learning courses.

Year 2

Choose two option modules from the list below.

Year 3

Core module:

Dissertation

This module will deepen your knowledge and understanding of educational research. You'll learn about traditions of educational research; positivism, interpretism and action research and the strengths and challenges of carrying out research in these traditions. This module will provide you with the opportunity to carry out a piece of research based on a contemporary or work-related issue or problem.

Option modules:

Choose from a list which may include –

International Approaches to Early Childhood Education

The module will help you to reflect on a range of international perspectives on early childhood education. It will emphasise the relationship between theoretical perspectives and aspects of practice in early childhood education. You'll critically engage with debates about early childhood education and will focus on the education of children in a range of settings.

Developing Effective Leadership

This module will provide an opportunity to consider and reflect upon leadership within an organisational setting. You'll actively engage with such concepts as the role of the leader, how that role links to and differs from management and how leaders need to be developed within their organisations. The module will also help you to understand concepts of vision, values, culture, strategic planning, modelling behaviours and developiment of organisations and individuals.

Critical Social Policy in Education and Public Services

This module will help you examine the historical, political and legislative developments leading to current national and local policy agendas relevant to those working in education and other public services. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between theoretical perspectives and aspects of practice in a range of contexts such as early years, youth work, teaching, learning and development, health care, community work, family support and social care.

Exploring Teaching and Learning

This module will develop your understanding of the ideas of curriculum: what is taught, how it is taught and why it is taught. You'll explore elements of the hidden curriculum, including hierarchy, power, values, confidence, stereotypes and labelling. The module will also help you to understand how a teachers’ role is constructed. What are teacher identities and how do these shape the role of teachers? Is teaching a professional activity? What are the ideas around this aspect? What is a reflexive/reflective teacher and how does this enhance professional development. You'll also consider some learning theories and their practical application within your setting.

Introduction to Action Research in Teaching and Learning

This module will help you to understand the principles and practices of action research. You'll develop an understanding of how action research leads to research-based improvement in teaching and learning, and an awareness of how personal professional development can contribute to the development of the teaching/training professions with a view to raising learner achievement.

Managing Learning and Development in Organisations

This module will help you to develop an understanding of the links between learning and development, organisation goals and broader human resource policies and practice in a variety of organisational contexts. You'll explore how the learning and development agenda can be promoted by examining learning & development policies, roles, functions, as well as strategies, methods and techniques for establishing learning and development needs.

E-Tutoring

This module will help you to develop understanding and skills in the area of online tutoring, facilitation, and in the design, planning and implementation of e-learning and blended learning courses.

Mentoring and Coaching

This module will help you to explore the role of mentoring and coaching. You'll have the opportunity to examine issues linked to implementing and managing mentoring/coaching schemes, the role of mentors and/or coaches, the strategies that could be used within a mentoring and/or coaching relationship and the ethical issues governing them.

Methods of Enquiry

This module will develop and deepen your knowledge and understanding of research methods, in both academic and professional contexts. It considers some of the theories, methods and implication of research and the complex role of researchers and of practitioner-researchers. You'll explore a range of methods of enquiry in order to enable you to understand the significance and ethics of research.

Understanding E-Learning

You will be introduced to a range of ICT tools and techniques for innovation in teaching and learning. Emphasis is placed on the selection of approaches appropriate to the learners’ needs. Alongside the practical aspects of using these tools you will consider how they can transform learning and develop a deeper, theoretical and analytical understanding. You'll also explore current debates in the field of e-learning.

Exploring Teaching and Learning

This module will develop your understanding of the ideas of curriculum: what is taught, how it is taught and why it is taught. You'll explore elements of the hidden curriculum, including hierarchy, power, values, confidence, stereotypes and labelling. The module will also help you to understand how a teachers’ role is constructed. What are teacher identities and how do these shape the role of teachers? Is teaching a professional activity? What are the ideas around this aspect? What is a reflexive/reflective teacher and how does this enhance professional development. You'll also consider some learning theories and their practical application within your setting.

Our part-time MA course typically takes three years to complete. However we recognise the pressures on busy part-time students and professionals so the course is flexible to allow you to completed within two years or over a longer period, up to 5 years. We also offer interim awards of Postgraduate Certificate upon the successful completion of Year 1 and Postgraduate Diploma at the end of Year 2.

We offer two starting points each year; either September or January.

The course is taught predominantly at Saturday Day Schools. Some optional modules are taught in weekly seminars and workshops. Some modules offer online teaching and you will also be able to network with other students using our social learning platform. You will also use our virtual learning environment and online library facilities to provide access to a wide range of high quality learning materials.

Academic staff teaching on the programme have significant expertise in design and delivery of online courses. They are actively involved in research and in national and international developments in online and e-learning.

Much of the work is project based with outcomes of direct relevance and benefit to your particular teaching or training setting.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Course CD

The course CD introduces you to some of the materials students have created on the course. For a copy please contact us

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


A postgraduate qualification is a great way to stand out from your colleagues and position yourself for a promotion or pursue a career change.  In fact, here at Huddersfield, 94.8% of our postgraduates find employment or go onto further study within six months of graduating.  9 in 10 of them go onto work in professional or managerial roles.

* DHLE survey 2014/15

94.8%postgraduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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